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obama. great to have elizabeth vargas here. >> great to have you both back from los angeles. >>> we're going to have details on the crash coming in and on the monster blizzard, that sam was talking about. we're going to get that from him just ahead. it's been hitting throughout the northwest. some major developments overnight. >>> we're going to start with josh and the balloon air crash in egypt. quite a few people dead. >> right along the nile. this breaking overnight. 18 foreign tourists killed when a hot air balloon exploded and plummeted to the ground during an egypt tourist mecca of luxor, along the banks of the nile. witnesses are describing the terrifying moments as people tried to jump for their lives. egyptian officials said at least 20 tourists were flying over luxor, when the balloon caught fire and plunge to the ground. christopher michelle is an american photographer. he was in another hot air balloon, close to the one that crashed. >> this is a popular tourist thing to do in luxor, which is to float over the ancient tramp temples. they do it every day. as we were comin
are responding this morning. >>> also coming up, michelle obama opening up for the first time about why she really got those bangs. why she says the move was more than just about a hairstyle. they were about a mid life crisis. >> all right. all of that to get to and more. >>> let's get to the latest on oscar pistorius, becoming very emotional in court this morning. the double-amputee olympic sprinter charged in the murder of his model girlfriend. bazi kanani is in south africa, with the breaking details for us. bazi? >> reporter: good morning, amy. an emotional scene inside the court just a couple of hours ago, when the judge ruled this will proceed as a premeditated murder case, the most serious of charges. oscar pistorius' family started crying because this means it's much less likely he'll be granted bail. and if he's found guilty, it would mean a life sentence. the 26-year-old double-amputee nicknamed the blade runner, represent, head in hand, as the prosecutor said he shot and killed an innocent, unarmed woman. the state outlined its case against pistorius. they believe he got out of b
of authorities. >> jonathan karl in washington. thank you for that. >>> the obama administration's controversial drone program targeting american suspects could soon be regulated by a new court if some senators get their way. that possibility has been raised following testimony by john brennan, the president's nominee to head the cia. brennan defended the strikes, saying they're launched only as a last resort against suspects planning attacks against the united states. >>> we learned the u.s. was closer to intervening in syria's civil war than previously thought. outgoing secretary leon panetta has said that he and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple dictator bashar al assad. but the white house said no, fearing the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. >>> in florida, a close call for a bartender there. a suv through a front window. quick reaction. jumping over the bar. maybe just saved his life. neither he nor the driver was seriously hurt. >>> finally, a guy that's literally living on the edge. look at this skateboarder. it's a viral video,
to know that the whole obama family, we've been thinking about you and praying for you and rooting for you every step of the way. >> you've been an inspiration to all of us. and we couldn't be happier that you're back here, doing what you do best. >> and personally, i'm looking forward to our interview together in a couple of days. >> robin, it's great to see you back in that chair. and we're all excited to start our morning with you once again. ♪ i'm on top of the world >> that is so incredibly special. i do have little bangs right here. the hair's growing in a little more. that's very special for them to do that. and i am looking forward to sitting down with mrs. obama. >> going to be great. >> grab your coffee, america. settle in. this feels right. >> for the first time, i'm speechless. >> that's really saying something. >>> josh, we have the scary explosion in kansas city. >> we have breaking news to get to. but today, it follows the best news of all. we love you. welcome back. we're going to turn, now, to kansas city and that massive explosion you saw at the top of the show. it leve
in the head on the same day her little sister sat behind president obama during a speech on gun violence. police believe she was gunned down because the shooter thought she was somewhere else. >>> and the white house is denying it leaked a draft of the president's immigration plan. the draft calls for an eight-year waiting period to get a green card. the white house says that the president is not trying to undermine the compromise bill 37. >>> this is the closest that the media got to the weekend golf play of president obama and tiger woods. there was a formal protest from white house correspondents. >>> shards of rock found in a frozen lake are from friday's meteor hit. the meteor was traveling 46,000 miles per hour when it crashed. causing an estimated $33 million in damage. so many windows were shattered, the broken glass could cover 40 football fields. about 4,000 yards there? >>> police were swamps with reports of a fireball in the sky. look at that. but it was only part of a meteor shower. orionid? is that right? >> right. >> sam and i went back and forth. >> thank you, paula and s
in yemen, including the one that killed american citizen, anwar al awlaki. a leaked memo from the obama administration claims u.s. citizens accused of being al-qaeda operatives may lawfully be killed even if there's no evidence of an imminent threat. john brennan, the president's nominee for cia director, will face tough questions about that memo in his confirmation hearing tomorrow. >>> and computer hackers have struck the federal reserve. the hacker group, anonymous, claims to have chosen data belonging to 4,000 bankers. no critical operations have been affected. >>> and it's being called the largest credit card fraud in history. authorities arrested 18 people based in new jersey, accused of stealing some $200 million after creating thousands of fake i.d.s, with stolen social security numbers. using those fake i.d.s to obtain cards, the suspects allegedly wired money to seven countries, including pakistan and china. >>> and abc news has learned that lance armstrong is the target of an active criminal investigation. federal agents are looking into possible obstruction of justice and wi
the republican response to president obama last night, senator marco rubio of florida. good morning, senator. thanks for joining us this morning. >> good morning. thank you. >> you laid out some very clear differences than the president last night on the core economics. i want to look at where there might be common ground. let's go to the issue of guns, to begin with. we can't have any proposals that undermine second amendment rights. but do you agree with the president that there should be an up-or-down vote on his proposals? >> you can say that on any issue in washington. it has to work through the legislative process. there's other issues that should have an up-and-down vote, as well. we should have a budget. we should have a real plan to save medicare. we should have a real plan to grow our economy. all these deserve an up-or-down vote, as well. as we said last night, we were heartbroken and we were sympathetic on what happened in connecticut. we need to prevent that from happening again. unfortunately, all of the things the president is proposing, none of them would have prevented what
have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. >>> and president obama takes the campaign against gun violence on the road today. his first stop, minneapolis, where he'll meet with local leaders to discuss the background checks and youth frams city has implemented. >>> great news about a young woman who has inspired millions. malala yousafzai who was shot by the taliban because she said girls should be allowed to go to school is recovering in england this morning after undergoing a major operation to cover part of her shattered stul with a -- with a titanium plate. bob woodruff just spoke exclusively to malala's very proud father. >> my daughter, it was her dream to send all boys and girls to school. i think that one day, her dream will come true. >> and you can see much more of this exclusive interview tonight on "world news" with diane sawyer. i think it's fair to say, george, no girl in the whole world whose dreams are more deserving to come true. >> boy, that sure is, josh. >>> time for "pop news." >> whether you were rooting for the ravens or the niners, everybody was
. the introduction from michelle obama. but them all up there. >> the it's a great action figures. >> we had buyer's remorse until tonight. >> the best available. and he was cheap. >> thank everyone on the movie. >> i don't think i have ever seen you nervous until i saw you accept that award tonight. >> our friends in iran living in terrible scircumstances right now. >> it was really moving. i was like, did anybody else ramble on up here. i want to thank my wife who i don't normally associate with iran. there were others. >> mostly you. >> and you guys really did -- shine a light on a lot of people who had not -- here's the funny thing. for 25 years, the only side of the story that was told was one version of it. all we wanted to do was make a film that we liked and ben took it to another level. we couldn't be happier with the work he did. >> you told an important story. it was funny and thrilling. it was recognized tonight. >> it's this. awards aside, you know, if movies like that, which are movies for grownups, make money, which this one did, if you can continue to do that, the studios will cont
, thanks. >>> we're going to turn to washington now, where president obama's nominee for defense secretary has hit another speed bump. key senate republicans are holding up the confirmation vote for their former colleague, chuck hagel. can this delay derail the nomination? let's bring in jon karl. he made it through the armed services committee. why the holdup now? >> reporter: republicans are demanding more information about his background. they have a long letter, detailing questions about the work he did after he left the senate. and they will not allow an up-or-down vote. other senators want information on the attack in benghazi. but the bottom line is, democrats will try to force a vote as early as today, maybe tomorrow. but they will need 60 votes to get him confirmed, at least now. and right now, a top senate democrat told me they don't think they have the votes. >> they don't have the votes, even if there's 65 senate democrats and republicans said they won't filibuster this nomination. >> reporter: they're not filibustering. but they want more information before they allow that up-
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